Ronald K. Bailey Sr.

Born: Fri., May 24, 1940
Died: Mon., Aug. 6, 2018


10:00 AM to 12:00 PM, Fri., Aug. 10, 2018
Location: Pulliam Funeral Home

Celebration of Life

12:00 PM Fri., Aug. 10, 2018
Location: Pulliam Funeral Home

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Ronald K. Bailey Sr., 78, of Madison, AL formerly of Robinson and Oblong, IL passed away on Monday August 6, 2018 at his residence in Madison, AL.

He was born in Oblong, IL on May 24, 1940 to Nolan Bailey and Pauline (Brownfield) Bailey.  On October 30, 1959 he married his former wife Barbara (Fox) Bailey.

Ronald had worked for Marathon Oil Co. as a supervisor from 1962-1968, Heath Candy Co. as Controller/Treasurer/Exec. VP from 1968-1983, Heath Candy Co. as President and COO from 1983-1989, Bay-Mor Investments, Inc. as President from 1989-1991 and started his own company due to retirement boredom, Bailey and Associates, Inc. from 1995-1999.  He was a member of the Oblong High School Class of 1958, and graduated from Eastern Illinois University in 1962 with a B.S. in Business and minor in Economics. Ronald was very active in his community serving at the First National Bank of Oblong as a board member, Oblong School system as a board member, City of Oblong-Council Member/Treasurer, Oblong Methodist Church Trustee, North Naples United Methodist Church Finance Committee, Imperial Golf  Club of Naples Board of Directors and was a member of the Heritage Methodist Church in Madison, AL. Ronald also enjoyed watching Chicago Bears Football, St. Louis Cardinals Baseball, University of Illinois Fighting Illini Football and Basketball, was an avid golfer and enjoyed watching old westerns on TV.

He is survived by his mother Pauline Bailey, Oblong, IL;  former wife Barbara Bailey, Madison, AL; one son Ronald Bailey Jr., Apollo Beach, FL; one daughter and son-in-law Jennie and Drew Beck, Madison, AL; grandson Alex Bailey and wife Miranda, Lithia, FL, granddaughter Emily Beck and Fiancé Adam Nielsen, Madison, AL; a sister and brother-in-law Myrna and Jim Smith, AZ.  Ron is also survived by several nieces and nephews, an amazing hospice Nurse Tracey and amazing care givers Cathy, Andrea, Dianne, Tamika and others.

Preceding him in death was his father Nolan Bailey.

Celebration of Ronald’s Life will be held at Noon on Friday August 10, 2018 at Pulliam Funeral Home in Oblong, IL. Burial will follow in Oblong Cemetery. Visitation will be from 10:00 AM until service time on Friday at the funeral home.  The family requests that in lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy may take the form of a contribution to the Oblong Sports Boosters or the Crawford County Spay and Neuter Foundation.  Envelopes will be available at the funeral home and may be mailed to Pulliam Funeral Home P.O. Box 121 Oblong, IL 62449.

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Janet (Miller) Kasuboske
   Posted Thu August 09, 2018
So sorry to hear of Ron’s passing. He was a friend of mine in Elementary and High School. Janet (Miller) Kasuboske - Class of 1958 - Oblong High

Ellen Hand Schug
   Posted Thu August 09, 2018
To Pauline, Barbara, Children and Grandchildren -- The world lost a light with Ron's passing He was a high school classmate and friend. I especially appreciated his support as a friend as well as his community service as a hospital board of trustees member during my father's hospitalization and need for special care at Crawford Memorial Hospital in 1982. I'm grateful for your support of Ron, helping to accomplish an amazing number and variety of jobs and services. Wishing you peace and comfort. Sincerely, Ellen

Sharon K. Mewmaw
   Posted Fri August 10, 2018
My condolences to Ron’s family. We were also classmates from Third grade to Senior High. I considered him a good friend also.
Sharon (Elliott) Mewmaw, Class of 1958.

Bill Farley
   Posted Fri January 11, 2019
My condolences to the great Ron Bailey family, I have such fond memories of Rons love for Oblong, his family and his friends ... A great friend indeed ...

Bill Farley
Norman, Oklahoma

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